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_MG_0242 Backlighting and Fill Flash

_MG_0242 Backlighting and Fill Flash

Black dogs are a challenge. As soon as I raise the blinds in the morning Ricky jumps up on this ottoman. The sun is very strong and usually burns out since if I compensate for it too much, Ricky is totally devoid of detail. In the case of this image shot in RAW mode I used the very helpful Recovery slider in Adobe Camera Raw 4.1 to get rid of the most of the red warning splotches on the preview. The 580 ex was raised to bounce off the ceiling with the white eye glint reflector up. Still Ricky's eyes were too dark so I used the shadow/highlight adjustment in PS to bring up some detail. I also used the same adjustment to tone down the highlights from the overexposed areas. Finished by cropping and resizing down and then sharpening the in-focus areas with Harald Heim's FocalBlade plug-in. Hint: Try to get into the habit of selecting just the in-focus areas for sharpening. You don't want to sharpen out-of-focus backgrounds, especially if you've used a high ISO. You'll just be sharpening noise! I like to choose my areas for sharpening with the Quick Mask Tool and a soft airbrush. In response to the comments about the burnt out spot on the paw, I did a bit more editing. Click on "next" for the fix and the explanation of what I did.

Canon EOS 350D
1/80s f/2.0 at 35.0mm iso100 full exif

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Judith Barnett21-Aug-2007 13:42
Wonderful job Isabel. I only see a tiny area on hs paw that "might" be birned out.
Jane21-Aug-2007 13:25
great job, Isabel. That flash is on my wish list. I like the eye glint reflector option.
Graham Tomlin21-Aug-2007 13:24
nicely captured what a sweetie regards Helen